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New European Union development cooperation strategies in Latin America

by Eurodad

29 June 2013

At a time when European Union institutions are discussing how to improve their financing modalities under the work of the EU blending platform, this report discusses the growing role that financial institutions and the European private sector are playing in development cooperation policies between the EU and Latin America


The systemic crisis of the euro - true causes and effective therapies

by Heiner Flassbeck - Costas Lapavitsas

28 June 2013

What has gone wrong? Are the diagnoses commonly offered valid? Why do the medicines that have been prescribed not work? Could it really be possible that European politics at the highest level fails to understand the cause of the crisis and to address it with a consistent plan?


Waving Or Drowning: Developing Countries After The Financial Crisis

by Ylmaz Akyuz

23 June 2013

Even if the crisis in the North is fully resolved, developing countries are likely to encounter a much less favourable international economic environment in the coming years than they did before the onset of the Great Recession, including weak and unstable growth in major advanced economies, a significant slowdown in China, higher US interest rates, stronger dollar and weaker commodity prices


The World Bank and the Green Climate Fund: "an ironic contradiction"?

by Andrea Rodríguez Osuna

21 June 2013

The Bretton Woods Project has just published a new article: The World Bank and the Green Climate Fund: "an ironic contradiction"? by Andrea Rodríguez Osuna, Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) highlighting concerns about the World Bank’s potential role in designing policies to determine the allocation of resources for adaptation and mitigation activities in developing countries in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.


EU-US deal could unleash a "corporate litigation boom"

by Kanaga Raja

16 June 2013

Investor-state dispute settlement under the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the Untied States would empower EU and US-based corporations "to engage in litigious wars of attrition to limit the power of governments on both sides of the Atlantic,"


From the Arab Revolutions to Global Austerity

by Third World Network

3 May 2013

To highlight some of the complex dynamics and challenges of the IMF’s role in the Arab region, in a context of continuing popular uprisings that are calling for social and economic justice and for transforming the national development paradigm, and to link it to the waves of austerity across Europe, the US and other regions, a panel discussion titled “From the Arab Revolutions to Global Austerity,” was held on the sidelines of the spring meetings (19-21 April) of the IMF and World Bank.


How the Banks Do It

by Donald Mackenzie

2 May 2013

The insurance that taxpayers provide to banks has the effect of making it seem to bankers that it is much cheaper for them to take on debt to fund their assets than to raise cash from shareholders, for example by issuing new shares.


Explaining the Cyprus Shakedown

by Bryan Cenko

2 May 2013

Policymakers have neglected to consider-or simply do not care about-the lasting negative consequences the terms of the bailout will have on Cypriot citizens for the foreseeable future, to say nothing of their implications for the EU itself.


BRICS Bank: Doing development differently?

by Brunn Nagara

12 April 2013

The annual Brics summit held during the week in Durban, South Africa, focused on what that muscle can do - challenge the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the way development finance is conducted, as well as the Western dominance that has prevailed in both Bretton Woods institutions.


CYPRUS : As the financial crisis deepens, will the lessons be learnt?

by Martin Khor

12 April 2013

The Cyprus crisis has again shown that over-dependence on the financial sector and an unregulated and liberalised financial system can cause havoc to an economy.


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